It’s inevitable, the Summer of 2014 is coming to a close. For some of you it may have already come to an end, which leaves you in school waiting until next year!
With a little more than a week left of my Summer holiday, my family and I headed off to Minnesota (yes again, we go there a lot). My sister was bringing her friends along, as a celebration for her birthday and staying in the hotel connected to the Mall Of America. Whilst the three of them were shopping, my aunt, uncle, mom, step-dad, cousin and I headed out to the Minnesota State Fair! The fair has been around since 1859 though in 1885 the fair had officially obtained a permanent ground for it to be held on. Since then, it’s grown. A lot.
I hadn’t really spent a full day at the fair since about 2010, so it had been awhile. The day started off with a bit of rain, but I was too excited to be going again that I really wasn’t going to let that worry me. The weather did stay overcast though, which in the end might have been better as it was still humid and would have been ten times hotter had the sun actually been shining. The very first thing we did was create a game plan, what we wanted to see, eat and where to go, then we put it to action.
Our first stop was at a food booth selling Gizmo’s. It looked like a hot dog, but covered in cheese and lots of it. A Gizmo is really ground beef and Italian sausage with a special sauce and seasonings, covered with melted mozzarella cheese and served on a toasted Italian roll! Sounds healthy doesn’t it? Don’t worry, I purposely ate healthily all week knowing that this was going to be a really bad day for eating!
We then moved on to look through the Campers, if you don’t know what a camper is it’s basically a trailer that people hook up to their cars (mostly trucks) and pull behind. Inside the camper, is usually a small bunk bed, a queen or king sized bed, a kitchen and sitting area as well. It’s like a tour bus but smaller.
After moving on from the campers, we stopped to try other foods as well. It had only been twenty minutes. Don’t worry, everyone was sharing and not buying a full size for themselves! There was jerky, and samples of popcorn as well as Pronto Pups!
(Kettle Corn) (Turkey Jerky)
Coca-Cola even had a “personalize your coke” booth, which of course I had to try!
We did finally make it to the Brownie stand, where they bake fresh brownies right there and serve cold milk to go along with it. They’re so good! There were also amazing fresh chocolate chip cookies at a booth called Sweet Martha’s! Every time I go to the fair, it’s a definite must stop!
At the fair, there are loads of activities and buildings to take a walk through. You can take a peak at new inventions, see things for your home, watch demonstrations, try out some games and go on some rides! There’s also an international bazaar, which was really fun to see. There was a man playing an neat looking instrument, booths ranging from Africa, Thailand and Ireland!
“How to put out a fire” demo
Taken at the Baazar
We stopped in the dairy barn just in time to see the Princess of the Milky Way getting her head carved from actual Butter! It looked really cold inside the glass case she was sitting in, as she was wearing a winter jacket and gloves!
Sticking to the cold theme, we took a short walk through some Christmas lights, which were really fun and made me wish winter wasn’t actually cold in Wisconsin.
We did stop, at one of my favorite places, the animal barns! In it’s own unique way the Minnesota State fair holds a barn full of baby animals and their mothers. The fair offers its visitors a first hand experience at viewing the actual live birth of pigs, cows and sheep! They also have an incubator where eggs from different types of poultry are warmed and watched to hatch. The little animals are so adorable! I really wanted to take one home! We were just in time to see the newborn pigs! After seeing that, I spotted my favorite treat to cool down with!
Shaved ice! They had a variety of flavors and I could mix and match them so I went with strawberry and peach! It was delicious and really helped cool me down since it was so humid outside!
I’m wearing Turquoise and Caicos on my nails by Essie!
As we made our way through the fair, there were tons of other food booths as well. Flowering Onions, French Fries, Lemonade, Tacos, Poutine (remember when I wrote about Irish Fries?). There was gummy bears on a stick, olives on a stick, pickles on a stick, you name it it was probably on a stick!
Flowering Onions, Lemonade stand
Strawberries & Creme Deep Fried Olives on a stick
Sweet Martha’s Cookies!
Cheese Curds (Clearly not as good as Wisconsin as we’re the dairy state)
We also went into the cow, sheep and pig barn next! There were more piglets which I did get the chance to pet! It was so cute!
We then moved on to the horse barn. Even though I had been to the Minnesota State fair before, I don’t ever remember being in the horse barn. They had some really unique ones standing there, and they were so cute! I love horses and part of me wanted to get on one and ride off!
We moved away from the animals, onto tasting more food and taking a ride on the giant colorful slide! The view from the slide was pretty neat as well!
We did wander into a part of the fair that happened to be next to the grandstand where we could hear Toby Keith doing his sound check! It was so cool! They have a lot of great acts and big names that come to the fair. Last time I was here I was able to see Tim Mcgraw and Julianne Hough!
In one of the buildings they had a man blowing bubbles from Liquid Nitrogen! I thought that was really cool, it didn’t feel very cold though, but when I blew the bubble away it disappeared into a cloud of white mist.
The woman behind me is clearly shocked by the whole thing.
(I’m wearing this flowy tank top by Atlast)
At the end of the fair, like usual, we let our tired and sore legs and feet rest by using the sky ride. We had a neat view from up high, and the breeze was perfect to cool down with.
The day I went to the fair, 94,256 human beings in total had visited as well!
It was a lot of fun, and hopefully I’ll be able to go again soon!
Do you have any fairs near you? What did you do with your last few days of Summer?
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